That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. Dean Matthews sent us this lovely photo of the lighthouse in South Shields.
- Updates on Wednesday 18 February 2015
- Copyright: Dean Matthews Photography
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A pensioner known only as Ronald has spoken about the time burglars went to his home and stole money from him while he made them a cup of tea.Copyright: Northumbria Police
Northumbria Police hope his story will help others avoid falling victim to the same criminal ploy.
The warning comes after a spate of similar incidents in North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead and South Tyneside.
The panellists set to take part in this week's Question Time, which is being filmed in Stockton, have been announced.Copyright: BBC
Among them will be Darlington businessman Duncan Bannatyne, Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Labour MP Caroline Flint, former Conservative deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine and Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb.
Question Time is filmed and broadcast on Thursdays at 22:45 on BBC One.
BBC Look North
A young Northumberland footballer is alive and recovering tonight - all because an off-duty paramedic left a vital piece of emergency kit in his car by mistake.
Adam Stephen, 17, from Otterburn, was playing in a juniors match at Haydon Bridge on Sunday when he collapsed on the pitch and went into full cardiac arrest.
By sheer chance two off-duty paramedics were close by. Better still, one of them remembered he had an important piece of equipment in his car - a defibrillator. There's more on this story on Look North on BBC One at 18:30 or if you miss it catch up here.
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The Exmoor ponies are settling in to their new home in the Cleadon Hills.
Sharon Whitelaw has sent us a picture of the new ponies finding their feet.Copyright: Sharon Whitelaw
The administration which saw the closure of USC's Ayrshire Warehouse was prompted after fashion brand Diesel took action over an unpaid bill.
Committee chairman Ian Davidson said: "The Scottish Affairs Committee is investigating how employees in small businesses are treated when big bosses decide to shut down a company or sites.
"We are now inviting USC and Sports Direct management, and Mike Ashley, as the directing influence of this group, to meet with the Committee."
He said the committee will also look for evidence on USC's use of zero hour contracts. Sports Direct declined to comment.
The owner and manager of a Middlesbrough pub have been fined for selling vodka which had been half mixed with water.
Middlesbrough Council officers also found Edmund Smyth and Dawn Chapman were selling a cheaper, weaker brand of Jagermeister than advertised at the Zetland Hotel in Zetland Road.Copyright: Google
Magistrates in Teesside fined owner Smyth, 64, of The Wynd in Yarm, a total of £2,000 and ordered him to pay £1,443.94 costs and a £20 victim surcharge after he admitted four offences.
Manager Chapman, 41, of Thorndyke Avenue in Middlesbrough, admitted the same offences and was fined £400 with £100 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
A County Durham woman left brain damaged when she was assaulted as a baby has won more than £6.5m in damages.
Despite the horrific extent of her injuries, the victim, now in her 20s but with the mental age of a three-year-old, was initially awarded just £215,000 when her case was heard in 2005.
Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria
North East UKIP MEP Jonathon Arnott will stand for the party in Easington in the General Election.
Other confirmed Easington candidates are the Labour's incumbent MP Graham Morris, Conservative Chris Hamsheir, the Green candidate Martie Warin and North East Party representative Susan Mcdonnell.
Farmers have been meeting in Middlesbrough town centre today promoting their produce.
They're urging people to buy British and help secure a long term-future for dairy farmers in the region.
But why is it necessary? I'll be speaking to one of them and the NFU on BBC Tees.
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A conservation grazing trial using Exmoor ponies has began at a nature reserve in South Tyneside.Copyright: Somerset County Council
However, the move has been criticised by some local residents who are worried about the welfare of the animals.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been called to give evidence before a parliamentary committee regarding the role Sports Direct played in the treatment of workers at its fashion chain USC.Copyright: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Mr Ashley, alongside other senior management, has been called to appear before the Scottish Affairs Committee which is examining the treatment of workers at USC's Ayrshire warehouse, who were made redundant when administrators were called into a Sports Direct controlled business that owned 28 USC stores last month.
The stores were then bought out of administration by another Sports Direct subsidiary, Republic, and continue to trade but warehouse workers who lost their jobs claim they were not properly consulted before being let go.
A North Shields family is still waiting to celebrate Christmas after their son was admitted to hospital in December.Copyright: The Chronicle
Laura Davidson and Stephen Browne will not celebrate Christmas until their two-year-old son Milo gets home.
- Copyright: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Boro are level on points with second-placed Derby County and table topping Bournemouth but will play their game in hand at Birmingham tonight.Copyright: BBC
The match at St Andrew's will kick off at 19:45 with full match commentary available on BBC Tees.
The top local headlines at 15:00 include:
Weather Presenter, BBC Look North
This afternoon looks like being mostly dry and windy, though some areas may see occasional rain.
Tonight will become even windier with gusts nearing 50mph. Temperatures will stay above zero.Copyright: BBC
Jess Hugill from Conyers School, Yarm, has been elected as Stockton Borough's MP for the UK's Youth Parliament.Copyright: Stockton Council
The 16-year-old from Ingleby Barwick received 2,464 votes from students at 11 schools in the area.
She said: "I believe strongly in young people's campaigns, particularly those around mental health issues and allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote."
Heart attack survivor Matt Robson has raised £5,800 for the Great North Air Ambulance which flew to his aid.
Mr Robson, 60, of Wark, Northumberland, suffered a heart attack at his home on 9 September last year and needed to be airlifted to hospital.
He said: "The care throughout really was remarkable."Copyright: Great North Air Ambulance
More than 20,000 schoolchildren in County Durham have benefitted from cycle safety training since it began in 2009, Durham County Council has said.Copyright: Durham County Council
Bikeability is the cycling proficiency course developed to give young people the knowledge, skills they need on the roads.
Paul Watson, the council's road safety manager, said: "We have now trained 20,853 pupils since we began six years ago, our aim is for every child to have successfully completed level two of the training by the time they leave primary school."
A couple who were arrested after a barman allegedly caught them in a pub toilet together have appeared in court.
Lee Hops, 30, and Hayley McClory, 23, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court over the incident at the Stanley Jefferson pub in Bishop Auckland.
Mr Hops is charged with a public order offence and resisting arrest. Ms McClory is charged with a public order offence, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
Both defendants deny the charges, but Ms McClory did admit a charge of criminal damage relating to a police blanket. The pair were bailed until June.
A rally in Newcastle by right-wing anti-Islam group Pegida has been confirmed for 28 February.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We are aware there are also plans in place for counter events to be held in the city on the same day.
"We will now speak to all of those involved, our partners and our local communities and over the coming days agree on plans for the events.
"Northumbria Police respects the right to peaceful protest and takes a neutral standpoint, not supporting or endorsing any groups or individuals."
The top local headlines at 13:00 include:
- BBC Newcastle: The employment rate in the North East has reached a record high. Figures show 70% of people who are looking for a job in our region now have one.
- BBC Tees: The Government has given the go-ahead for what will be the world's biggest offshore wind farm due to be built off the Yorkshire coast.
Yorkshire have re-signed New Zealand international batsman Kane Williamson.
The 24-year-old will join up with the Headingley side for the final three matches of the 2015 season.Copyright: Getty Images
Williamson helped the White Rose county to their first County Championship title in 13 years last season, scoring 629 runs at an average of 57.18.
Limited tickets remain for the gig.Copyright: Getty Images
Police have warned a man after a drone crashed into Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.Copyright: Getty Images
The drone was smashed to pieces when it hit an apartment wall at the castle on Monday, with a man later turning up to ask for it back.
Castle director Chris Calvert said it was "travelling at a great rate of knots" and "totally out of control" because of the wind.
Northumbria Police said they advised the man about future drone usage but no offence had been committed.
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Another front page for you now, this time the Gazette.Copyright: The Gazette
The Teesside paper is leading with the story of a family "from hell" being evicted - and their response to losing their home.
Hartlepool MailCopyright: Hartlepool Mail
Hartlepool's coroner Malcolm Donnelly called for a ban on right-hand turns at the junction of the A19 and Dalton Back Road, on the outskirts of town, after rugby player Keri Holdsworth died in a crash last year.
Radio 1 and 1Xtra
Students in Durham are calling for more to be done to improve the safety of the River Wear after the deaths of three young people.Copyright: Google
The Shields Gazette
A charity which provides vital support to some of South Tyneside's most vulnerable citizens is aiming to raise £500,000 to expand its services.Copyright: Shields Gazette
The top local headlines at 11:00 include:
- BBC Newcastle: The row over safety along the River Wear in Durham has flared up again after the council in Bath installed barriers following the deaths of four students in the River Avon.
- BBC Tees: The number of people who are unemployed in the North East has fallen again.
- Copyright: BBC
A man has been arrested after climbing to the top of the 55 Degrees North building at the Swan House roundabout in Newcastle.
Firefighters were called to bring the man down at about 19:30 yesterday.Copyright: Google
The Hall family lost their five-year-old son Skye to cancer last year - but now they are fulfilling his wish to make a loom band that would reach the moon.Copyright: blueskyethinking.org
Skye's parents Sally and Andrew and his brother Jesse, three, will be in the BBC Newcastle studio with me after 11:00 to tell me how they are doing.
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Here is a look at the front pages of two of the region's newspapers.Copyright: The Northern Echo
The Northern Echo is leading with the sexual assault of a man in Northallerton by two men.Copyright: The Journal
Meanwhile, the Journal has splashed on the response of North East councils to claims by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that they are sitting on piles of cash.
Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria
The number of people who are unemployed in the North East has fallen again.
The latest figures show 103,000 people were out of work in our region between October and December. That's a fall of 23,000 from the same point last year.
The region's unemployment rate is still the highest in the UK though at 8%. The UK unemployment rate now stands at 5.7%.
Coming up on BBC Tees after 10:00 I'll be speaking to a woman who is fulfilling her dream of becoming a commercial pilot.
Melanie Wheeler, 40, from Bishop Auckland, hopes to become a fully-fledged pilot next week.
We will discuss a survey which found only about 5% of commercial pilots are female.
The A1(M) between J61, A177 Bowburn, and J60, A689 Bradbury, has reopened after a vehicle fire closed it earlier today.
Durham Police, who sent this picture from the scene, were directing traffic.Copyright: Durham Police
An 82-year-old driver has died in a collision between two cars in Northumberland.
The crash between the man's Rover and a VW Passat occurred at about 19:20 yesterday near West Land Cottages on Alnwick Moor.
The driver of the Passat, a 31-year-old man, was taken to Wansbeck hospital with minor injuries.
The road was closed for five-and-a-half hours and Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses.
The Bishop of Durham is taking religion to the streets this week to mark the start of Lent.Copyright: BBC
The Right Reverend Paul Butler is joining local rector Sue Pinnington in Houghton-le-Spring today - Ash Wednesday - marking the foreheads of passers-by with ash.
It's an ancient tradition which has been revived as part of a movement called "Ashes to go".
The top local headlines at 09:00 include:
- BBC Newcastle: The row over safety barriers along the River Wear has flared up again after it emerged a council in Bath has put safety barriers up after four student deaths in the River Avon.
- BBC Tees: A North Yorkshire dairy farmer has told BBC Tees he's on the brink of going out of business because of the falling price of milk.
Most places will have a cloudy and mild day with some occasional rain.Copyright: BBC
The rain is more likely in the west with eastern areas staying mostly dry. It will become windy by the end of the day, especially across Northumberland.
A local dairy farmer tells me he's running at £1,000 loss each week because of milk prices. Listen live.Copyright: BBC
There's slow traffic and one lane closed on the A66 westbound in Middlesbrough between the Cargo Fleet Interchange and Middlehaven Interchange because of an accident earlier on and a spillage on the road.
There's also slow traffic on the A174 around Redcar due to roadworks and there's one lane closed in both directions.
More on a story we brought you yesterday - A judge has condemned a council for taking a baby from its father after raising concerns about his links to the English Defence League (EDL).
The child, who cannot be named, was born when his mother was in prison.
Darlington Borough Council took the boy into foster care, labelling the EDL "immoral" and "racist".
Ordering the child to be returned to his father, Sir James Munby said the way the case was handled was "an almost textbook example of how not to do it".